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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Case of the Missing Artifacts Comes to an End

Civil warRuth Trost Welles' husband was Thomas Welles, was the grandson of Gideon Welles'. There are several valuable civil war artifacts missing from Ruth's Coventry house. Some of the missing artifacts include: a wood carved cane that Abraham Lincoln reportedly gave Welles, the flag from the ship Alabama, and what some believe was a ticket to the Gettysburg Address. Although the probate controversy has been going on for years, it has ended recently over a two-day period when four family members of the Gideon Welles family testified in Superior Court. Unfortunately, the locations of Lincoln-era artifacts at the heart of the Gideon Welles probate battle have not been found. Wednesday was the close of trial for the battling descendants of Welles. The judge will finalize the probate matter within 120 days.

See Christine Dempsey, Testimony Wraps Up In Family Feud Over Civil War Artifacts, Courant,  Oct. 9, 2013.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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